The church is made perfect by the blood of Christ, the pope or no other person can save us-the church should be a hospital for the weak and hurting-not the door to heaven. Jesus is the door and each believer can open that door with his faith.<quoted text>
There is a Perfect Church. The one Jesus started. There are imperfect men in the Church and always has been. There have been bad Popes and Bishops and Priests, but the Church teachings on faith and morals are perfect. They are the Jesus taught the Apostles.
The "small t" traditions are just that. The Rosary for example. You can be a great Catholic and never say the rosary or ask Mary to pray for you. That is not a requirement. On Ash Wed, if do not want to receive the ashes on your forehead you don't have to. IF you eat meat on Friday during lent, you are not going to hell. It is simple fasting, which the Bible suggests is a good thing to do.
A Bishop is not an apostle, he is a successor to the Apostles. The Pope is the successor to Peter, the Vicar of Christ.
What did Jesus set up? The Kingdom of God. A Kingdom has an ultimate authority? In history when the King left his city, he gave literal keys to his Kingdom to the 2nd in command. There were the keys to the gates of the Kingdom and keys to the treasury.
Jesus gave these Keys to Peter and his successors because he was ascending to heaven.
If you believe in SS, then you believe Jesus left us a democracy with no Authority.
There will be no total unity as long as SS is somebody's doctrine.
But a person can be in unity with Jesus' Church and the rest of the 1.2 Billion whenever he hears the call and acts on it.
Almost every word you use excludes any believer that is not catholic-I call that spiritual pride and prejudice. You sound very much like Heath and Johnny.
Back before the printing press the catholics could rule over the thoughts of men but no more! I do not need you are the pope to tell me what God's word actually says, I can read it for myself.
In the old days catholics read the scripture in latin and most did not understand the language, what benefit was there in doing that? I believe it was a way of keeping the control of what they wanted to teach. That is actually a cult tactic...